Shelley Singer has been the primary caregiver for her husband, Michael Gross, since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease four years ago. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s very difficult to live with someone with dementia, and I know how fortunate I am to be able to have help from caregivers during the day,” said Singer, 70, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland. “Dealing with someone with dementia in an unprecedented crisis - there’s just no road map for that.”

Gross, 75, a former attorney, real estate developer and established painter, is in the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s and still lives at home with Singer. While she’s grateful for the help from caregivers, there have been losses and changes in their routine, and in that of others in the region. Social distancing means that her husband’s former therapeutic social program, the Friends Club, which meets four times weekly, has had to close its doors for the first time in 30 years. And the Friends Club Caregivers Support Group, to which Singer still belongs, has had to switch to online meetings.

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